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|Just for fun I did the math. If you're 5 miles up, and radiate in every direction, 174.4º points toward the earth and 185.6º points toward space. So that would be 51.56% toward space and 48.44% toward earth. Because of the exponentially decreasing concentration of the atmosphere, most of the CO2 is <5 miles up, so the real numbers are both closer to 50% in reality, but it was an amusing exercise.|
Well, yeah, Steve, but that was math math, not Joemath. If your axioms include "there's a largest known number" and "probabilities can be not even zero," who knows?
"not even zero" would be less than zero. So negative probabilities...
"there's a largest known number"
I virtually never read anything joe wrote until a few months ago, but I heard about this. Did he actually say, and mean that?
No, he insisted he didn't mean "less than zero." We went around that with him a while ago. I don't have a link, but it's in this thread somewhere - it was quite some time after the original appearance of "not even 0" which is linked in my sig.. What he meant was if he decides a probability is not worth the bother of estimating, then it's not even zero. Yes, I know that's fucking stupid.
And yes, he did go on about there being a largest known number at one point. I suspect he failed to understand a story about the largest known prime number. But this is Joe, so who the hell knows?
I hope it wasn't the prime thing. I hope he actually thinks there's a largest known number. :p :p :p
It was over at his shithole blog around 5 years ago (June 2013). Joke was banging on about the search for the Largest Known Number
|Joke: "LKN= Largest Known Number|
It was my impression that there was a computer keeping track of such a thing. Perhaps not."
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